Little Free Libraries going up all over town!
The Neighborhood Alliance of Central Oklahoma, The American Institute of Architects, Central Oklahoma Chapter (AIACOC), Barnes and Noble Bookstores, and the Start Helping Impacted Neighborhoods Everywhere (SHINE) Program of Oklahoma County joined together to promote the establishment of 12-18 Little Free Library locations in the Greater Oklahoma City Area.
Neighborhood Alliance solicited applications from OKC neighborhoods to provide locations and stewardship for the Little Free Libraries. AIACOC solicited Design/Build Teams to design and construct each of the Libraries. Stewards, acting as caretaker for the life of the little library, were paired with and worked closely with a Design/Build Team to identify a location and genre for the structure. The Design/Build Teams were responsible for the cost of all materials, and all labor to construct the Little Libraries. Barnes & Noble supplied the initial stock of books and SHINE provided the labor for installation.
Little Free Libraries are a community movement in the United States and worldwide that offers free books housed in small containers to members of the local community. The idea was popularized in Hudson, Wisconsin when Todd Bol mounted a wooden container designed to look like a school house on a post on his lawn as a tribute to his mother, who was a book lover and school teacher. The idea spread rapidly and now includes Libraries that have been donated to rural areas that have no libraries of their own, or that have been ravaged by disasters. As of February 2013, all 50 states and 40 countries worldwide have been involved in the literary program. There are currently 5000 registered Little Free Libraries in the world, with an estimated 1000 unregistered. Library owners can create their own library box, usually about the size of a doll house, or purchase one from the website. Libraries may be registered for a fee and assigned a number at the organization’s website. Libraries can be found through their GPS coordinates. Owners receive a sign that reads “Little Free Library”. They often have the phrase, “Take a Book. Leave a Book.” For more information, visit www.littlefreelibrary.org.